Below are legal status for prostitution around the world.
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Prostitution itself is legal but laws very in different states regarding street soliciting and brothels.
Prostitution is legal but restricted by several regulations. Most prostitutes are migrants, mainly from the former Eastern Bloc countries.
Prostitution itself is legal in Belgium, but the law prohibits operating brothels and other forms of pimping. However, in practice enforcement can be lax and “unofficial” brothels are tolerated.
Prostitution itself (exchanging sex for money) in Brazil is legal, as there are no laws forbidding adult prostitution but it is illegal to operate a brothel or to employ prostitutes in any other way.
Prostitution itself is legal, but organized prostitution (brothels, prostitution rings or other forms of procuring) is prohibited.
Prostitution has always been legal in Canada, but its limited by the 1850 bawdy house restriction and you can’t publicly solicit on a busy street or public area.
Prostitution in Croatia is illegal but there are unofficial brothels in major cities.
In the Czech Republic, prostitution is legal, but brothels or other forms of procuring are prohibited.
In Denmark, prostitution itself is legal, but operating brothels and other forms of pimping are illegal activities.
England and Scotland
England and Scotland has gone further than Canada since “incalls” or brothels are allowed but with only one girl per flat.
Prostitution itself is legal, but organized prostitution is illegal.
Prostitution itself is legal in Finland (soliciting in a public place is illegal) but organized prostitution (operating a brothel or a prostitution ring and other forms of pimping) is illegal.
Prostitution itself is legal in France, but organized prostitution (brothels, prostitution rings and other forms of pimping) are prohibited. Public solicitation is also illegal.
Prostitution is legal and regulated in Germany.
Prostitution is legal and regulated in Hungary (it has been legalized and regulated by the government in 1999). Under the law, prostitutes are basically professionals who engage in sexual activities in exchange for money. The government allows this activity as long as they pay taxes and keep legal documents.
In Italy, prostitution itself is legal, but the law prohibits organized prostitution (brothels, prostitution rings or similar commercial enterprises and other forms of pimping).
Prostitution is legal and regulated in Latvia. Prostitutes must register, must undergo monthly health checks and must carry a health card; if they fail to do so they can be penalized.
Prostitution in Kenya is illegal. However, many foreign men and women indulge in sex tourism, which is thriving at resorts along Kenya’s coast.
Prostitution is legal and regulated in the Netherlands. The country has one of the most liberal prostitution policies in the world.
The Prostitution Reform Act 2003 made ALL adult prostitution and brothels a legal occupation in New Zealand but may have too many restrictions on brothels. In fact the government has online their “Brothel Operator Certificates.” There are reasonable health and safety requirements such as using condoms, local bylaws can restrict signage and brothel locations, and a provision to outlaw pimping.
Paying for sex is illegal (the client commits a crime but the prostitute does not).
Technically prostitution is illegal but bargirls are “Customer Relations officers”. They are required to have weekly STD check and quarterly HIV tests.
In Portugal prostitution itself is not illegal, but organized prostitution (brothels, prostitution rings and other forms of pimping) is prohibited.
Prostitution is illegal in Romania.
Prostitution in Slovenia was decriminalised from 2003.
Prostitution itself is legal in Spain, but pimping is not. Owning an establishment where prostitution takes place is legal if the owner neither derives financial gain from prostitution nor hires any person for the purposes of selling sex because prostitution is not considered a job, and has no legal recognition. Municipalities vary in their approach to regulating prostitution, both indoor and outdoor.
Paying for sex is illegal (the client commits a crime but not the prostitute).
Prostitution in Switzerland is legal and regulated, it has been legal since 1942. Licensed brothels, typically with a reception and leading to several studio apartments, are available. Street prostitution is illegal, except in specially designated areas in the major cities. Many prostitutes operate using newspaper advertisements, mobile phones and secondary rented apartments. It is legal to advertise for “massages” in Swiss tabloid newspapers.
Thailand made it officially illegal due to Western pressure, but the Entertainment Places Act and “special services” exempted most all of the sex work for the military or tourists since it brings in so much cash. Consenting adult prostitution is illegal only officially in Thailand, not in practice.
In Turkey, prostitution is legal and regulated. Prostitutes must register and acquire an ID card stating the dates of their health checks. Also it is mandatory for registered prostitutes to have regular health checks for sexually transmitted diseases. The police are allowed to check the authenticity of registered prostitutes to determine whether they have been examined properly and to ensure they see the health authorities if they don’t.
Prostitution is illegal in Ukraine, but widespread and largely ignored by the government.